Acidity, minerals and lower alcohol combine to make Gordon’s ’08 far superior to the 2007. There’s a bracing steeliness to the pineapple and green apple fruit, which is cleansed with racy acidity. The oak is a little strong, but this is a lovely, complex Carneros Chardonnay to drink now.
Rich in acids, ripe in fruit and balanced, with a silky texture, this is a very pretty Pinot Noir for drinking now. It has ripe, dry flavors of wild forest raspberries and cherries, bacon, sautéed mushrooms and cola.